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Sombrero Reef

Marathon, FL 33050
+1 305-289-0614
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Great Snorkeling

You need to rent a boat or take a charter to the Sombrero lighthouse. It is a great spot for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jane G
Syracuse, New York
Beautiful Florida Reef

Sombrero reef is a few miles away from Marathon and it is the perfect place for snorkeling and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Germaine S
Marathon, Florida
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This is a spur-and-groove coral reef, sitting on the outer banks offshore of Vaca Key, characterized by large fingers of coral, separated by narrow sandbeds.
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“parrot fish” (22 reviews)
Marathon, FL 33050
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to rent a boat or take a charter to the Sombrero lighthouse. It is a great spot for snorkeling and diving. For the beginner diver, it is really nice since there are fingers of channels from the lighthouse outward. It isn't too deep...More

Thank Jane G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sombrero reef is a few miles away from Marathon and it is the perfect place for snorkeling and diving. The water is and the reef are beautiful, and the tropic fish abound. One can see lots of angelfish, yellowtail, parrot fish, snappers, barracuda, etc. The...More

Thank Germaine S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What's to say!? I was like a kid in a candy store!! We saw a nurse shark, saw the most beautiful angel fish and parrot fish I have EVER seen, and the brightest colored purples in the sea fans. The fish were playful and curious,...More

Thank beckylaliberte
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family took a charter out to Sombrero Reef (The Starfish Charter) and it was FANTASTIC! Tons of fish and coral to snorkel around. Everyone should come swim the reef at least once. My kids (14 & 6) really enjoyed it. I recommend taking a...More

2  Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Max depth 35 ft. Clear water; up to 40 ft viz Variety of tropical fish. Mammels include sting rays, leopard rays spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks, bull sharks,and lemon sharks. Moorings are provided.Sea waves can come in and resonate the boat. Fishing is prohibited. Pleasant...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do not leave the Keys without snorkeling at Sombrero Reef. It is as if you are dropped right into an aquarium. We saw nurse sharks, eels, barracuda, many tropical fish, sting rays and other sea life. It was amazing!

2  Thank dragon52017
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Snorkeled the reef. The current was a little strong in the beginning, but so worth it. The amount of life in the reef is amazing. So beautiful.

1  Thank somerevans
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a must do snorkel or dive if you are in Marathon. Gorgeous!!! Tildens runs a great trip to there.

Thank cattraveler01
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Very shallow but there is great sea life to see. Lots of fish, corals and invertebrates to see. Not a bad boat ride if the seas are calm.

Thank NCDeepDiver
Reviewed 13 August 2017

My family took a snorkeling tour through starfish snorkeling and had a great time at this spot. Beautiful reef with lots of fish even a few nurse sharks. We will definitely be back to this spot when we return to the keys.

1  Thank fanasfreaks
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8 February 2017|
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Response from kaymcclain3 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest a skin. If the sun is out it will be fine since you are on the surface. But don't risk ruining your trip by being cold!!
Arlene C
6 August 2016|
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Response from UrbanNomadinLA | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 30 minutes to get there by boat.